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Aug 24 -- Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) invites comments to OMB by September 23, 2022 regarding the FAFSA Form Demographic Survey.

The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) is requesting a new information collection to gather demographic information in conjunction with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FAFSA Simplification Act (FSAct) passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260) amends the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Sec 483 (B)(ii)(VII) to add sex and race or ethnicity as information required to be provided by the applicant on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. For the launch of the 2023-24 FAFSA on October 1, 2022, FSA will ask the demographic questions in a pilot, voluntary survey format in order to collect specific feedback on the new questions. This feedback will inform the development of the questions for full implementation within the FAFSA form for the 2024-2025 award year.
Federal Student Aid: https://studentaid.gov/
Submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202206-1845-001 Click on IC List for collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. [Note: AEA notified FSA that it uploaded the supporting statement for a different data collection.]. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting public comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-18165
For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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